Juventus set to lose Morata and Bernardeschi after choosing against new contract offer

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Written by Martin Graham | May 21 2022

Juventus have decided to part with Alvaro Morata and Federico Bernardeschi in the summer, according to reports from Italian media.

Bernardeschi’s contract will expire at the end of the season, and the club has opted not to renew his contract, which would allow him to leave as a free agent. On the other hand, Morata will return to his parent club Atlético Madrid in the summer after the expiration of his two-year loan contract.

This is Morata’s second term at Juventus, having played for them between 2014 and 2016 after signing from Real Madrid for 20 million euros. He had a buy-back clause included in the deal to be signed by Madrid, and the Spanish club chose to activate it two years after his five-year contract with Juventus.

Morata went to Chelsea and then Atletico, his childhood club where he stayed for two years, before Juventus loaned him again. The Spain international served Juventus well during those four years, scoring 59 goals and providing 39 assists in 158 matches.

On the other hand, Bernardeschi has been at Juventus since 2017, a year after Morata made his debut, signing on a five-year deal from Fiorentina for €40 million. His contract expired, and Juventus decided not to renew it, possibly due to the club making Federico Chiesa’s signature permanent in April.

Morata won two Serie A titles and three Coppa Italia titles in two different spells with Juventus, Bernardeschi won three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia titles in his five seasons at the club.

Bernardeschi has not been linked with any clubs yet, but Morata has been linked with Barcelona as reports from Spain claim Atletico are unwilling to bring him back to the squad and want to move to him.

Juventus are the top 10 teams in the European Union for this season

Elsewhere, Juventus is the only team from Italy to make it into the UEFA top 10 this season.

The Bianconeri are eighth on the list, which has been coordinated by UEFA based on the results of the contenders in the Champions League, European League and Conference League over the past five seasons.

The Serie A leaders and potential champion AC Milan failed to participate in any of the competitions from 2014 to 2021, and the team ended up at the bottom of their group on their return and were eliminated.

Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum